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Another Benefit of the Placebo Effect

Boyd, Billy Ray

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San Francisco, Calif.

As someone with early-stage Parkinson's, I was happy to see the disease referred to in Linda Carroll's article on pain and the placebo effect [“This Is Your Brain on Placebo,” May/June 2006]. And I hope you'll follow up with more in-depth exploration of the implications of placebo for Parkinson's. I'd certainly rather meditate, visualize, or do real-time brainscan biofeedback training for dopamine release than take L-dopa with its dyskinesia and other side effects.

Billy Ray Boyd

San Francisco, Calif.

©2006 American Academy of Neurology

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